Elysian Fields Inn New Orleans.
Newly renovated and upscale Bed and Breakfast located in the Historic Faubourg Marigny section of New Orleans. Only 5 short blocks to the French Quarter and within walking distance to everything including all of the shops Jazz Clubs and restaurants along the world famous Frenchmen Street.

 

All the world's a stage . . .

Don't miss live theater AND MUSIC while you're in the Big Easy!
Try the Southern Repertory Theatre, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra - and a host of other delights.

 

 


Meet Dick, Ruby, Lucky, Joan, Mona Kent, Hennessy, and the Captain as you join in the antics of a group of performers staging a show, set on and around a battleship. Calamity strikes during rehearsals when the theatre is demolished, and the show is eventually mounted on the deck of a frigate after a young chorus girl steps in to save the day. Sound familiar? This classic spoof on movie musicals of the 1930’s continues to delight audiences since it first made a star of Bernadette Peters in the original production. Derek Franklin and Sonny Borey bring it to you with their celebrated style and flair. You’ll end the season singing Good Times are Here to Stay!!!

 


July 17-18, July 24-25 & July 31 – August 1, 2004 
Directed by Brandt Blocker

If you thought you knew the story of The Princess and The Pea, you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are, you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same.

 
ABOUT LE PETIT THEATRE DU VIEUX CARRE: Since 1800, when culture-steeped Creole society, the New Orleans aristocracy, created and patronized Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, live theatre has flourished in the heart of the French Quarter. Between acts, patrons still congregate in the courtyard of the wrought-iron embellished villa adjacent to Jackson Square for cafe au lait and conversation.

The oldest continuous community theater in the United States, Le Petit is THE venue in town for true community-theater buffs, along with tourists taking in an old Southern experience. This is also one of the nicest theaters in town - there's not a bad seat in the house and the stage is highly visible no matter where you sit, especially the balcony.

The Performing Arts have been alive and thriving here for a long time. Jenny Lynn, a charismatic 1800's songstress who lived across the street in the Pontalba Apartments, frequently performed here. In more recent times, each Spring Le Petit hosts the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, celebrating the legendary playwright who spent much time in theBig Easy.


New plays by some of the South's best playwrights

May 3 to May 30:

In the aftermath of a young man's sudden death, his girlfriend, mother and twin brother must redefine their lives and relationships. Will an eccentric cloning cult be the answer to their grief? Drawing on a variety of sources ranging from the recent breakthroughs made by South Korean scientists to the farfetched claims of human cloning made by the eccentric science-sect known as the Raelians, CLONING JUDSON examines the human side of this controversial new science.

Warning: Contains nudity, sexual situations and coarse language

"Stanley deals with serious themes in almost absurdist fashion. His dialogue plays well, his themes of the doppelganger and the human need to fill the void of loss resonating with feeling and wit."
David Cuthbert - The Times-Picayune

For tickets, go to info@southernrep.com, or call 504-522.6545.

Some Southern Rep history: Recognizing a need for professional theater in New Orleans, in 1986 playwright Dr. Rosary Hartel O'Neill, Dick O'Neill, Nancy Mendard and Clydia Davenport founded Southern Repertory Theatre with the goal of creating a leading center for Southern playwrights and plays.

Southern Rep has graced a series of historic locations reflecting some of New Orleans' distinctive ambience - first the Quadroon Ballroom of the Bourbon-Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter, then the elegant Board of Trade building in the Central Business District - but all shared the disadvantage that everything had to be dismantled at the end of each season. A search was initiated for a permanent facility that could be functional throughout the year, culminating in 1991 in the present location of the theatre, on the third floor of the Shops at Canal Place,two blocks from the river on the French Quarter side of Canal Street.

True to its original mandate, Southern Rep features southern writers and topics and emphasizes educational outreach. In its 16 seasons, the company has produced more than 50 plays by some of the country's leading Southern playwrights, including Tennessee Williams, Horton Foote, Lillian Hellman, Beth Henley, Carson McCullers, Loraine Hasberry, Pearl Cleage, Romulus Linney and Margaret Edson.

 


When we think of New Orleans we think of jazz, but the Crescent City embraces a wide variety of musical and theatrical forms.

• The New Orleans Opera Association is all that Grand Opera can be, with a tradition reaching back an amazing 205 yearsl!

• The Orpheum Theatre is home to the Louisiana Philharmonic

• A.R.K. Dinner Theatre offers community theatre in an arts space in Faubourg Marigny

• Carlone's Dinner Theatre serves up a buffet and Broadway tunes in Old Metairie

• Local and regional plays are performed at the Contemporary Arts Center in the Warehouse District

• Le Chat Noir features cabarets

• The Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts hosts ballet and opera, downtown

• See innovative student performances at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

• Enjoy musicals and special performances at the Rivertown Repertory Theatre in Kenner

• Saenger Theatre is the place for Broadway productions

• Witty local productions? True Brew Café Theatre in the Warehouse District

• and uptown, the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center offers traditional and non-traditional works


To review your many options,visit
http://www.overture.neworleans.org/ for a comprehensive listing.

Whatever your taste, take your pick!


Other pieces of the New Orleans experience - e
xplore::

The New Orleans Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

Folk Art in the Big Easy

Other Unique New Orleans Galleries

Doc's Restaurant Recommendations in the Big Easy

Unique specialty shops

Jazz Funeral of a New Orleans Legend

Doc's News appreciates the assistance of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau for material for these articles. Visit them at http://www.neworleanscvb.com


Link to theater in other cities:

St. Louis Opera Theatre, MS

Flat Rock Playhhouse, North Carolina's State Theater, NC

Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia

Live theater throughout Florida

 
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